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Port Levy is a long, sheltered bay and settlement on Banks Peninsula in Canterbury, New Zealand.

Map of Port Levy 8972, New Zealand

The current population is under 100, but in the mid-19th century it was the largest Māori settlement in Canterbury with a population of about 400 people. It is named after Solomon Levey, an Australian merchant and ship owner who sent a number of trading vessels to the Banks Peninsula area during the 1820s.

The bay was settled by the Ngai Tūāhuriri sub-tribe of Ngāi Tahu, and the chief Moki named the bay "Koukourarata" after a stream in Wellington that recalls the birth of his father, Tu Ahuriri.

It was also the home of Tautahi, the chief after whom the swampland area Ōtautahi was named – now the site of the city of Christchurch.

The first Māori Anglican church was built here; a stone memorial marks the site.

Portions of the Peter Jackson film Heavenly Creatures were shot in Port Levy. Specifically the scenes where Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, two 16-year-old girls from Christchurch, saw their imaginary Fourth World.

References

Port Levy Wikipedia


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